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  • The Last Dickens: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history's greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the best sellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.

    B. Kaluzny says: "What A Gem!"
    "A great Dickens mistery"
    Overall

    It is not only a great mystery convencing to the point that the reader might wonder if this was a "true story" about Dickens demise and his last unfinished novel if not for the fantasy elements. It clearly depicts Dickens and the literary world in America during those years, where writers and choices were limited and anything was fair in the publishing houses. In not a delicate way it touches on the opium trade and the role of the British Army forcing India to grow opium to finance England’s trade with China who in turn were forced to accept opium as payment. So in reality the British Army were ordered to be little more than thugs and drug runners thus demonstrating the abuse of power exerted by empires and rulers who fed in the blood and misery of many to fund their armies and the lavish life styles of the rulers and the rich

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1117)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "A lazy stream growing into a powerful river"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It took me several tries to get into the story, but as a stream grows fed by tributaries into a powerful force of nature, so did this narration.

    The narrator's lilt and cadence and native accent, further contributed to the natural flow and intensity of the story's events. The combination of a good tale and a well matched narrator, impacted on how the pieces fell into a perfectly mixed flow; on how all the feeding streams converged to make the interest grow; and on how the roar of the tale was able to drown all other interests, to successfully catch the reader's full attention in its eddies of intrigue and secrets.

    This is a story of a conflicted catholic Irish detective working with protestants in the midst of the hunger strikes, the political maneuvers, the prejudices and hatred of religion, and the conflicted sexuality of the players, where many factors of the troubled Irish history are mixed with perfectly fluid precision, which result in a natural and moving experience, dragging you in as a nature's force.

    A tale of a series of hate crimes cleverly using and exploiting the circumstances of all those involved, and a smart detective determined to find the connection between the murders of men who were reputed to be gay, the disappearance of a young woman, the Protestant-Catholic conflict, the dangers of Belfast during the era, and the politicos biding for power, and the main character's identity crisis; they all make for a powerful story only made better by the author's flawless performance and his wonderfully tinged with emotions voice.

    What was better the story or the narrator? What shall I say, Doyle made the experience more intense; or was it McKinty who provided the perfect tale only to be enhanced by Doyle? Or do they flow together in a stream of great story telling, pulling us in until the end of the book and leaving us, the readers, hungering for more?

    As far as the mystery went, it managed to stomp me, even if I had guessed much, and that is a feat, trust me, I am who guesses a who-done-it very early on. This is one book I would recommend without hesitation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (994)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "A short story line inflated with a word pump. Yawn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Distant Hours?

    Way too long for a fairly simple story line. It flowed liken like molasses someone put in the fridge. While is true Ms. Norton can paint a scene with her words, it was boring nevertheless. I skipped through 15 hours or so. It wasn't a Secret Garden, too much filler, and a so, so mystery, yawn.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Morton again?

    Not sure, maybe. Everyone has the right to another chance.


    What character would you cut from The Distant Hours?

    Most.


    Any additional comments?

    A novella would have been better suited for the subject matter, less painful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Delilah Complex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    The Scarlet Society is a secret club of 12 powerful and sexually adventurous women. But when a photograph of the body of one of the men they're recruited to dominate - strapped to a gurney, the number 1 inked on the sole of his foot - is sent to the New York Times, they are shocked and frightened. Unable to cope with the tragedy, the women turn to Dr. Morgan Snow.

    Greg says: "Good Soft Porn"
    "A different taste"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Delilah Complex? What did you like least?

    I have read other of Rose's works, and this one did not dissapoint. The possibility of women as the powerful agressors is intriguing. Throught my life, I have changed my naive belief that all wome nurturing creatures, and if the world goverments were left to their power, women would never turn into predators, and they would take advantage of their possitions, or at least not mostly.

    Whereas the story line might be exagerated, it is thought provoking.


    Would you recommend The Delilah Complex to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not sure.


    Do you think The Delilah Complex needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The series as a whole needs one.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have rated it higher, hadn't it been for all the vivid descriptions of torture. I could have done without them, and, I would dare to say that the value of the total experience would have increased.

    This is only my opinion, and while I like to read this genre, I find too much gore detracts from the entire experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Peach Keeper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (186)

    The New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

    Barbara says: "Narrator was terrible"
    "Magical ways"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Peach Keeper to be better than the print version?

    Different pleasures.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward each of her books, each has the right mix of magic, love, south, friendship, families, and a wide range of human emotions, and delicious as the juice of a yummy peach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Espia de Dios (Texto Completo) (God's Spy)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juan Gomez-Jurado
    • Narrated By Juan Gomez-Jurado
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    A best-seller in Spain, Espia de Dios is a thriller like no other. A serial killer is stalking cardinals as they prepare to vote on the recently deceased pope's successor. When a cardinal's mutilated corpse is uncovered, the investigation gets ugly. The killer, it seems, is a priest with a seedy past, and investigators must look to new allies to bring him to justice. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

    Lcookie says: "Demasiado"
    "Demasiado"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Juan Gomez-Jurado and/or Juan Gomez-Jurado?

    No creo.


    What could Juan Gomez-Jurado have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less graphic. Menos grafico hubiera sido mejor,.


    What didn’t you like about Juan Gomez-Jurado’s performance?

    Demasiado descriptivo, aunque me agradan las novelas noir, esta tuvo demasiadas descripciones de tortura que no eran necesarias para la historia, y que talves en cambio de añadir a el contenido, le substrajeron a la calidad de la narración, de una manera detrimental la cual me obligo a dejar de oir al audio. Creo que menos hubiera sido mejor ya que la historia fue ineresante y el autor escribe bien.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the writer has a good writing style.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10756)
    Performance
    (9760)
    Story
    (9779)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Original"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling-Scary-Great


    What did you like best about this story?

    The layering of the mystery made me think of a box within a box within a box, and by the time you got to the last box, well read it yourself... It is fully original and well written; it kept my attention fully engaged. The interaction between amongst the players was believable and each one was suited for their role. I usually guess the story lines but this one always had a little more left.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Possibilities...


    Any additional comments?

    I had two complains: Too many cliché moments during the last chapters in the attempt to create a suspenseful situation, a little too predictable; a cookbook approach for the genre which made it annoying at the end of the day. It was a small disappointment considering the rest of the story
    Whereas the author's story telling is superb in most areas, he seriously lacks in the romantic department which was a little bit of a let down. All and all was a great experience, I am sure I will be reading his future work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Pamela Aidan
    • Narrated By George Holmes
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    His proposal of marriage to the lovely, but socially inferior, Elizabeth Bennet thoroughly rejected, Darcy must come to terms with her evaluation of his character and a future without her.

    Connie says: "You need to be a P&P fan"
    "Fun read"
    Overall

    Good Darcy's perspective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26927)
    Performance
    (13558)
    Story
    (13606)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Good"
    Overall

    The voices were great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (254)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "If you must read it....go to library..."
    Overall

    I was anxious to read Ms. Audrey Niffenegger new work; but, I just could not get into it as it failed to catch my interest. The American twins, Julia and Valentina, were ghostly on their own and lacking of real substance. All the characters had some serious flaws to include the dead aunt's beau, Robert, who stalks the twins for weeks/months upon their arrival in London. The plot gained some momentum upon their arrival in London to claim the flat and money left by their unknown mother's twin sister Elspeth. Their aunt Elspeth lives as a ghost in their flat overlooking a Victorian Cemetery, and appears to care for the twins, as she pines for her lover Robert. All of this while she gains on strength and wins the twins confidence. The twins'relationship that borders in the incestuous and bizarre, and their fascination with older men does not make it better. The entire story's premise was unlikely and the end was a wreck! If you expect the same wonder from reading the Time Traveler's Wife, think again, not sure what the author had in her mind. As it is, I wasted my money since I was not able to stomach the last third and skipped to the end only to be totally dissapointed. So,if you must read it then check it from your local library and donate the money to someone who needs it. Or better, skip it and preserve your mental health.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (650)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Good but...."
    Overall

    The story was ok for the gene but for the reader's lousy and annoying southern accents . It would have been better if he had not tried and failed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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